Lisbon's National Museum of Ancient Art is to exhibit around 60 Spanish works from the Prado Museum from November 29th.
The exhibition “Painting from the North in the Prado Museum” features works by Rubens, Breughel and Lorrain and is thanks to an agreement between the two institutions. It will be the first time that such a large number of Prado Museum works will be put on show in Portugal.
The agreement forms part of a series of initiatives between the two museums, apart from this exhibition, such as the loan of the triptych "Temptation of Saint Anthony", by the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch, currently on display at the National Museum of Ancient Art. As an offset, the Portuguese museum will receive a self-portrait of Albrecht Dürer, one of the ex-libris in the Prado Museum collection which is rarely lent out.
In 2016, the Prado Museum will put on a large exhibition for the 500th anniversary commemoration of the death of Bosch, bringing together a large part of his works.
In the National Museum of Ancient Art, founded in 1884, is to be found the most relevant collection of non-modern art in the country, including a number of important artworks classified as National Treasures such as the St. Vincent Panels, the Monstrance of Belém or the Namban Screens.